Georgian concert pianist Khatia Buniatishvili plays Robert Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54. Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi. Rheingau Musik Festival 2012 Wiesbaden, Kurhaus; August 23, 2012.
Completed in 1845, it is a romantic concerto by the German composer who widely regarded as one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era. The work premiered in Leipzig on 1 January 1846 with his wife Clara Schumann playing the solo part. Ferdinand Hiller, the work’s dedicatee, conducted.
The piece is in three movements:
- Allegro affettuoso (A minor)
- Intermezzo: Andantino grazioso (F major)
- Allegro vivace (A major)
There is no break between these last two movements (attacca subito).
- Clara Schumann (13 September 1819 – 20 May 1896) was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital and the tastes of the listening public. Her husband was the composer Robert Schumann. Together they encouraged Johannes Brahms. She was the first to perform publicly any work by Brahms. She later premiered some other pieces by Brahms, notably the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel.
- Ferdinand (von) Hiller (24 October 1811 – 11 May 1885) was a German composer, conductor, writer and music-director.